“There’s always a bit of that chemical mess at the edge…something that you crop off. I enjoy trying to make something out of the unwanted thing and go deeper into the disaster.” —Mariah Robertson

In a new film from the ART21 New York Close Up series, artist Mariah Robertson experiments with photographic chemistry in her Brooklyn darkroom, leading to a striking series of colorful cameraless abstractions.

WATCH: Mariah Robertson’s Chemical Reactions

IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up film, Mariah Robertson’s Chemical Reactions. © ART21, Inc. 2014.


“I kind of just steal the compositions, but I obliterate everything else. The details are gone. Nothing is stable. Everything is moving and dripping and messy.” —Diana Al-Hadid

Watch artist Diana Al-Hadid borrow from Old Master and Italian Renaissance paintings to create a singularly hybrid artwork—transforming brushstrokes on a wall into architectural sculpture—in a new film from the ART21 New York Close Up series.

WATCH: Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics

IMAGES (ROWS 1, 5): Diana Al-Hadid. Installation view of Ground and Figures at OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles, 2015.

IMAGES (ROWS 2–4, 6): Artist Diana Al-Hadid in her studio, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, 2015.

ALL IMAGES: Production stills from the ART21 New York Close Up film, Diana Al-Hadid Plays the Classics. Artwork courtesy of the artist and OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles. Photos © ART21, Inc. 2015.

Today, we are excited to announce the addition of seven new artists to our New York Close Up series roster:

Debo Eilers, Daniel Gordon, Laleh Khorramian, Mary Mattingly, Meleko Mokgosi, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Marela Zacarias

Read an introduction from the series co-creator and co-producer, Nick Ravich, and watch the first film featuring artist Laleh Khorramian on the New York Close Up website.

Artists in image, in clockwise order: Laleh Khorramian (on swing), Marela Zacarias, Mary Mattingly, Meleko Mokgosi, Daniel Gordon, Debo Eilers, Jacolby Satterwhite.

This Friday, June 21, Art21 (June 21? Art21!?) will add seven new artists to the New York Close Up series roster.

The first film from the new round will premiere on the same day, and subsequent films will be released throughout the coming months.

Until then, watch a promo spot for the upcoming year of New York Close Up, put together by our friends at Crux Design Studio.

WATCH: New York Close Up Series Trailer, Year 3 (2013)